Here comes the Melbourne Food Guide with lots of tips for cafés, restaurants, bars and rooftop bars. I’ve been to Melbourne several times and even lived with my best friend in Southbank for almost three months. In the process, I fell in love with the city. So much so, in fact, that I thought about moving to Australia. Melbourne is right by the sea, has beautiful sunsets, different and diverse neighbourhoods, lots of art exhibitions, night markets, events for all tastes – this city has almost everything and I really hope that Melbourne’s diverse gastro culture will continue in the same form.
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- 1 Food Guide Melbourne: Cafés, Restaurants, Bars und Rooftop Bars
- 1.1 How to stay up to date
- 1.2 Accommodation in Melbourne
- 1.3 Cafés in Melbourne in Australien
- 1.4 Food Guide Melbourne: Restaurants/Imbiss
- 1.5 Where to grab a drink: Bars in Melbourne
- 1.6 From the top: Rooftop-Bars in Melbourne
- 1.7 Going out in in Melbourne
- 1.8 Food Guide and culture: markets and events in Melbourne
Food Guide Melbourne: Cafés, Restaurants, Bars und Rooftop Bars
How to stay up to date
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Accommodation in Melbourne
As I have always stayed with friends in Melbourne, I can’t recommend any specific accommodation. You can find cheap accommodation, hotels and hostels here:
Cafés in Melbourne in Australien
St ALi in Southbank
Less than two minutes from our home at the time, you can find the most delicious coffee, great baristas who have even been named the best in the country, good music and a grungy vibe – St ALi is unbeatably one of my favourite cafes in the city. Whether it’s because it’s close to home, we went there every day after our run, or I haven’t been to too many other cafés for that reason. Either way, the coffee is legendary! You can also have a delicious breakfast or brunch here – but it’s a little more expensive.
St. ALi Coffee Roasters, 12-18 Yarra Pl, South Melbourne. Open 365 days a year.
Ada Grace Café
The Ada Grace Café in Southbank is located right next to my yoga studio at the time and is particularly inviting because of its beautiful interior, with countless white flowers hanging from the ceiling.
6 Union St, Southbank
mercedes me store x St. ALi in the city
From Mondays to Fridays, you can get the delicious coffee from St. Ali in cooperation with mercedes me in the middle of the city on Collins Street. Centrally located, you can enjoy a delicious meal or take a look at the latest Mercedes and its history.
525 Collins st, Corner of King and Collins. Mo to Fr from 7am – 5pm.
Republica in St. Kilda
At the Republica Café in St. Kilda, I was with a friend from Holland whom I had met in Indonesia. We had a free yoga class right by the ocean in the morning and enjoyed a delicious breakfast afterwards. There also have many vegan options.
St Kilda Sea Baths, 10-18 Jacka Boulevard, St Kilda. Open 7 days a week, 12am to late.
Matcha Mylkbar in St. Kilda
I only got to know the Matcha Mylkbar in St. Kilda shortly before I left Melbourne. There are countless vegan dishes and drinks that are beautifully arranged and so delicious! We chose several dishes right away and were very full and happy afterwards.
72A Acland St, St Kilda. Opening hours: Mo-Sun from 8 am to 3:30 pm.
Friends of the Earth in Fitzroy
We went to Friends of the Earth for lunch after spending the morning at Fitzroy Market and walking through various thrift shops in the street. The shop has many vegan dishes, from breakfast to lunch and small snacks. There is also a shopping corner in the shop with unpacked and sustainable items.
312 Smith St, Collingwood
Queen of Spades in Fitzroy
Also one of my favourite cafés in Melbourne is Queen of Spades. I always went there to write, because there’s a Writer’s Room on the first floor where you can meet for a coffee or work on your laptop. The café has many different board games that you can borrow. Once a month on Sundays there is also an interactive game where you can quickly meet new people. At the café you can have a delicious brunch or lunch and the menu is always changing. Be sure to try the vegetarian sandwich or one of the salads!
189 Smith St, Fitzroy. Tue to Thur, open from 11am to 10pm, Fr and Sat to 11pm, closed on Mondays.
Gelato Messina in Fitzroy or Richmond
The delicious homemade ice cream from Gelato Messina is available at various places in the city and is so tasty! My tip: try the coconut-mango ice cream!
237 Smith Street, Fitzroy or 164 Swan Street in Richmond
Stagger Lee’s in Fitzroy
Stagger Lee’s is great for a break after a tour of Fitzroy or a relaxing morning at Fitzroy Market that is just around the corner on a Saturday.
276 Brunswick St, Fitzroy.
Food Guide Melbourne: Restaurants/Imbiss
The Spanish tapas bar Vamos is located several times in the city and the food is very tasty. We were here for a birthday and it is nice to taste through many different dishes and tapas together. On Fridays there is always a salsa party for those who like South American rhythms.
366 Brunswick St.
400 Gradi Pizza
Pizza 400 Gradi has two locations in the city: in the Casino and in Brunswick. According to the homepage, the Margherita pizza won the award for best in the world in 2014. I loved the pizza, but be prepared: Pizza is much more expensive than in Europe.
Mo-Sun 12am to 11pm, 99 Lygon St, Brunswick oder 8 Whiteman St, Southbank.
Jim’s Greek Tavern in Brunswick
I heard a lot of good things about the family-run Jim’s Greek Tavern during my time in Melbourne. There’s no menu here and the chefs on site put together a delicious menu.
32 Johnston St, Collingwood
Rice, Paper, Scissors in Fitzroy
If you like Asian food and spicy food, Rice, Paper, Scissors is exactly the right place for you! The food is delicious, but it’s best to book a table in advance – the restaurant is very popular!
19 Liverpool street, CBD: Mon to Thur 12am to pm and 5:3ßom to late. Fri and Sun 12am til late.
307 Brunswick street, Fitzroy: Mon to Tues 5:30 to late, Wed to Fri 12am to 3pm, 5:30 to late, Sat and Sun 12am to late.
Cantina in St. Kilda
If you like Mexican tapas, a cosy atmosphere and cocktails, this is the place for you. We went to Cantina in St. Kilda and tried the tapas. The raw fish was especially delicious! It’s best to let us know how spicy you want the dishes to be.
2 Acland street, St. Kilda. Mon-Sun, 5pm – late.
The fast food Grill’d Burger can be found on almost every corner in Melbourne and is very good for in-between hunger pangs or when you don’t quite know where to go. I liked the burger with avocado best. By the way: there are also gluten-free and vegatarian options here!
Pizza Pizza Pizza
Directly opposite the Loop Rooftop Bar, you’ll find the small Pizza Pizza Pizza snack bar for a quick bite. Here you can buy different types of pizza by the slice.
16 Meyers Pl, Melbourne. Tues to Thur 5pm to 1am, Fr and Sat 5pm to 3am.
Where to grab a drink: Bars in Melbourne
Mollie’s Grill Bar in Fitzroy
At Mollie’s Grill Bar you can not only enjoy good, fresh food, but also your after-work beer or dance the night away until one in the morning. Located right on Smith Street in Fitzroy, with a heated rooftop bar and great music. Mollie’s is always good for a spontaneous visit and we had one of the best evenings here!ten Abende!
103 Smith Street, Fitzroy. Mon and Thur 5pm to 1am, Fr, Sat & Sun 3pm to 1am, HAPPY HOURS: Thurs 7pm to 10pm, Fri 5pm to 8pm. Level 1.
Eau de Vie Cocktail Bar
Eau de Vie is an absolute insider tip. The bar is hidden in a small alley behind a large golden door. A 1920s bar with delicious, fancy cocktails and excellent for a special occasion.
1 Malthouse Lane, only open on Fridays and Saturdays.
Section 8 at Tattersalls Lane
I’ve always enjoyed going to the container bar Section 8: centrally located, always good DJs and music and a relaxed and alternative crowd. Entry is usually free, but you need your passport to get in. Also, only cash is accepted here.
27-29 Tattersalls Lane. Sun to Wed open til 11pm, Thurs and Sat til 1am.
Yah Yah’s in Fitzroy
Recommended by my friends from Rat and Dragon who live in Melbourne, we went to Yah Yah’s in Fitzroy one night for a nightcap. Admission is always free on Thursdays, and before 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays. After that, entry costs AUD 10. The relaxed and alternative bar has something for every musical taste.
99 Smith Street, Fitzroy
The Croft Institute Melbourne in Chinatown
The Croft Bar is very alternative and not easy to find. Tucked away in a small side alley in Chinatown, The Croft Institute is definitely something different. The bar is reminiscent of an old research lab and the bartender will mix you whatever you want. In test tubes, of course.
21 Croft Alley. Mon – Thu, 5pm to 1am, Fri and Sat 5pm to 3am.
I only got to know Whitehart Bar during my third stay in Melbourne and it’s a bit hidden in a small side alley. The atmosphere was very good and the container bar fancy and cosy. In addition, a DJ plays for the small dance floor and the bar is very suitable for a cosy evening, a celebration or as the first stop on a long night in Melbourne.
22 Whitehart Lane, Melbourne.
From the top: Rooftop-Bars in Melbourne
Naked for Satan in Fitzroy
The bar Naked for Satan is located in the middle of Fitzroy and has a beautiful rooftop bar with a wonderful view over the city. But here you can also relax and enjoy a bite to eat and the ambience.
285 Brunswick St, Fitzroy.
We regularly went to the rooftop bar above the Cookies cinema. You have a very nice view over Melbourne, a relaxed atmosphere, the drinks are not too expensive and the DJs are usually very good.
Rooftop Bar Level 7, Curtin House, 252 Swanston St. Mo-So von 12 Uhr bis 1 Uhr.
Lui Rooftop Bar
The Lui Bar was a highlight for me every time. The drinks are not quite cheap at around 25 AUD, but the view over the city is unique. It’s best to dress a little nicer so that you get in. They pay attention to the dress code. My tip: It’s best to come at sunset for a special occasion.
Level 55 Rialto Towers, 525 Collins St. Mon-Thu 6pm-late, Fri+Sat 12am to late, Sun 4pm to 10pm. Minimum spent $50pp after 5pm.
Loop Roof & Loop Top
Directly opposite Pizza Pizza Pizza, tucked away in a small side street, is the cosy garden oasis and plant-filled rooftop bar Loop Roof.
Rooftop Level 3&4. 23 Meyers Place.
The rooftop bar Madame Brussels is a little more offbeat and kitsch fans will get their money’s worth here. The interior is decorated in pink and mint colours in Victorian style. It’s definitely worth a visit!
Level 3, 59 Bourke St. Wed-Fri 5pm-1am, Sat+Sun 12am to 1am.
Going out in in Melbourne
Revolver Upstairs in Fitzroy
One of my favourite clubs in Fitzroy and always reminded me of the techno/electro scene in Frankfurt. Revolver Upstairs has a lot of different DJs, two dance floors with different DJs and an area with seating where you can cosy up for a drink in the afternoon.
229 Chapel St, Prahran.
New Guernica in Fitzroy
This electro club used to be in the city centre, but has now moved to Fitzroy. Here you can dance the night away to nice beats and underground music.
64 Smith Street, Collingwood
In Melbourne, you can also dance and go out in many of the bars (see above). That’s why I haven’t listed them again here. Unfortunately, I don’t remember all of the names of the clubs, but there’s a huge selection in Melbourne.
Food Guide and culture: markets and events in Melbourne
Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne
The Queen Victoria Market is a must-see when you’re in Melbourne. There you will find many different food stalls, good drinks, second-hand shops or handmade goods and in addition there is usually live music or a DJ spinning.
South Melbourne Market in South Melbourne
As the name suggests, South Melbourne Market is located in the south of the city. There is a lot of choice here: the flower shop, small clothing shops and vegetables and fruit. I bought two beautiful painted bowls for the kitchen here. It’s best to bring a small bag for the vegetables and fruit.
322-326 Coventry St, Southbank
Moonlight Cinema in the Botanical Gardens
The Moonlight Cinema was one of my favourite events. Everyone sits together on a big lawn in the botanical gardens facing the screen with a beautiful view of the city in the background. When we went to the Outdoor Cinema, it was supposed to rain first, but we just took umbrellas with us and spent the half hour of rain comfortably under our umbrellas and could still enjoy the movie.
Birdwood Avenue Central Lawn, Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Noodle Night Market
The Melbourne Noodle Night Market takes place once a year right on the Yarra River. There you will find various bars, stalls, delicious food and music gigs for a relaxed afternoon or evening with friends.
Fitzroy Market in Fitzroy
Every Saturday there is a flea market with various exhibitors in Fitzroy. Just take the train to Brunswick St station and it’s a 5-minute walk to the market. Private exhibitors, café owners and creatives with their own labels come together here and there is a nice colourful selection of great (handmade) things. I bought some beautiful earrings, a bag and books here.
Fitzroy Mills Market site, 75 Rose st. Weekly on Saturdays from 9am to 2pm.
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